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article imageUNSC adopts resolution to dismantle Syria's chemical stockpile

By Paul Iddon     Sep 28, 2013 in Politics
The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously on a resolution that will see to the dismantlement of the Syrian regimes chemical weapons stockpile.
BBC reports that the council voted in unison on a draft drawn up by both the United States and the Russian Federation. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has dubbed this decision and this vote “historic,” stating that “the international community has delivered.”
He went on to tell the Syrian government that they should “faithfully and without delay,” abide by the resolution and aid the international community dismantle and destroy its chemical stockpile.
The Independent also quoted Mr. Ban saying that, “A red light for one form of weapons does not mean a green light for others.” He elaborated by saying, “This [resolution] is not a license to kill with conventional weapons.”
Mr. Ban also said that mid-November in Geneva is when and where the next expected peace conference on the situation in Syria is expected to transpire.
The United States Secretary of State John Kerry also commented on the vote saying that it clearly showed how “diplomacy can be so powerful that it can peacefully defuse the worst weapons of war.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared that his country is happy with the vote and is ready to participate in “all operations” expected to take place in Syria under the auspices of the agreement.
Russia is happy with the resolution which it helped broker. It, along with China, utilized its veto powers at the UN Security Council in order to veto bills that condemned the Assad regime for the measures it has taken against opposition forces. This resolution does not attribute any blame for the August 21 attack in Damascus, which killed over 1,000 people and saw the United States threaten to take military action against the Assad regime.
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